Do you approve of John Noak as Mayor?

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Ken

Romeoville, IL

#1 Sep 6, 2012
Doing a great job!
Spelling Nazi

La Grange, IL

#2 Sep 6, 2012
I think he has done wonderful things for the village. In addition, the thing I like the best him is that when you see him out and about, he seems to have a genuine interest in "you" and I never get one whiff of sneaky/shady/alterior motive from him. He's a good man doing a good job for our community! Nobody is perfect, but Mayor Noak is well above average in my opinion as a public servant.
meh

River Grove, IL

#3 Sep 6, 2012
Sure, but I think his accomplishments are highly exaggerated. It's not like he's had to jump through hoops or anything. Romeovilles population has nearly doubled in the last decade or so & there are probably 10x the local businesses now. It would have been an embarassment if he hadn't done some of the things he has. That said.. he gets kudos for taking the initiative.

And that said, I wouldn't mind seeing Mongo in action either..:p
VilleLifer

Romeoville, IL

#4 Sep 6, 2012
meh wrote:
Sure, but I think his accomplishments are highly exaggerated. It's not like he's had to jump through hoops or anything. Romeovilles population has nearly doubled in the last decade or so & there are probably 10x the local businesses now. It would have been an embarassment if he hadn't done some of the things he has. That said.. he gets kudos for taking the initiative.
And that said, I wouldn't mind seeing Mongo in action either..:p
With that logic then Plainfield should be doing 10x better than it has for the past few years. But Romeoville continues to out pace Plainfield in economic development over that past 4yrs. Let's also look at Lockport, Crest Hill, etc all have had large increases in population but have had nothing in comparison to Romeoville. You can look throughout the entire state and very few communities can compare to the type of growth Romeoville has had.

And let's not forget this was during the worst recession in over 50yrs!

Population alone does not guarantee growth. The only sector that cares about population growth is retail. Companies like MAT, Great Kitchens, RTC, Samsung, FedEx, GCI, etc. etc. don't care about population growth but they all came here and many are growing.

And the other guy has no experience what so ever. I'm not going to risk our communities future over a fancy ring on someone's hand. Jeesh!
another voice

United States

#5 Sep 6, 2012
Noak has squeezed every nickle of TIF funding and made improvements, many that folks overlook or are unaware of. Managing the population growth, hetting industries into our area thertby provifing employment oportunitief, tpf funding improvements at Hill elementary and the library facade. Improving Dalhart and Veterans Parkway, improving or creating several parks. The pretty lane dividers along 53/Independance Blv which, while pretty, also, according to goverment studies, improve safety. Creation of Veterans Memorial. Improvements and expansion to the firt, police and EMT departments. Noak is constantly looking to improve Romeoville and has contiued to do so even during these hard economic times.
meh

Des Plaines, IL

#6 Sep 6, 2012
VilleLifer wrote:
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With that logic then Plainfield should be doing 10x better than it has for the past few years. But Romeoville continues to out pace Plainfield in economic development over that past 4yrs. Let's also look at Lockport, Crest Hill, etc all have had large increases in population but have had nothing in comparison to Romeoville. You can look throughout the entire state and very few communities can compare to the type of growth Romeoville has had.
And let's not forget this was during the worst recession in over 50yrs!
Population alone does not guarantee growth. The only sector that cares about population growth is retail. Companies like MAT, Great Kitchens, RTC, Samsung, FedEx, GCI, etc. etc. don't care about population growth but they all came here and many are growing.
And the other guy has no experience what so ever. I'm not going to risk our communities future over a fancy ring on someone's hand. Jeesh!
I wasn't saying that the population boom caused our business growth (though it no doubt contributed to it). Just that conditions were somewhat ripe when Noak came in; businesses had been coming to Romeoville in unprecedented #'s even before Noak was elected & with the much higher population, the revenue was there for a lot of his projects. That said, I do give credit where it is due. He showed initiative and I also commend him for utilizing TIF funds as much as possible. I just don't get the heart on so many people seem to have for him; like I said, he didn't have to jump through hoops to accomplish any of this.
another voice

El Monte, CA

#7 Sep 6, 2012
meh wrote:
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I wasn't saying that the population boom caused our business growth (though it no doubt contributed to it). Just that conditions were somewhat ripe when Noak came in; businesses had been coming to Romeoville in unprecedented #'s even before Noak was elected & with the much higher population, the revenue was there for a lot of his projects. That said, I do give credit where it is due. He showed initiative and I also commend him for utilizing TIF funds as much as. possible. I just don't get the heart on so many people seem to have for him; like I said, he didn't have to jump through hoops to accomplish any of this.
Last mayor, near as i can tell, did almost nothing. The 'heart' you describe comes from seeing a mayor work, on the exacting requests for TIF funding...and they are exscting, on contracting with corporations to locate out here, because incentives are necessary, to garner goodwill from local and state politicians, to interact with chartible organizations for the benefit of citizens, to improve training for our fire, police and EMT personel. You did read about the police getting advance training from the?FBI and the actuve, wdvance training between Edwards hosp. and our ambulance crews/EMTs? Could be mistaken bot think we have one or two ntw, advanced care ambulancts,too. Also, due to increase in rentals, ntw inspection codes so properties retain value in light of absentee landlords. You might admit, at the least, that Noak keeps busy.
A friend of Jazz

Romeoville, IL

#8 Oct 7, 2012
His biggest failure is not bringing any retail business to the older part of the village buying up property to build a pipe dream of a so called down town area. Making it almost impossible to bring in retail in the older part of the village and forcing out the retail that has been there for ever.
TinFoilHat

Romeoville, IL

#9 Oct 7, 2012
A friend of Jazz wrote:
His biggest failure is not bringing any retail business to the older part of the village buying up property to build a pipe dream of a so called down town area. Making it almost impossible to bring in retail in the older part of the village and forcing out the retail that has been there for ever.
Where have you been? Maybe you noticed this thing called a recession. The older part of town was heading down hill long before he was mayor and the recession didn't help.

You completely contradict yourself as well. On one hand you think the village has done nothing... then on the other hand you think fixing up the old downtown is a "pipe dream". You can't win with you. Darned if you do. Darned if you don't.

And what retail was "forced out". I can't think of a single one. And how is the village making it impossible for retail to come to the older part of town? You are just making things up with no real evidence what so ever.

What I can tell you is that if it wasn't for the village there wouldn't be a new Walgreens, a remodeled Good Year, Stone City Saloon, Emerald Car Wash, a remodeled Laser Wash, on yeah and even Mongo's wouldn't be open. All of that because the village helped make it happen. Now they are moving to clean up and enhance the area around Spartan's Square.

Let's not also forget they worked on the following: remodeled RC Hill School (finalizing right now), completely remodeled library, realigned Dalhart and Veteran's Pkwy, fixed storm water issues throughout the older part of the community, added more park space in the older part of the community, added landscape islands and other roadway enhancements in older part of the community, cleaned up the old gas station and Danny Boys sites, and many, many others.
Other things still to come: new train station, new intersection in front of RHS, and many others.

You also seem to forget that almost the entire village board lives or grew up in the older parts of the village. You really should get your facts straight before you post.
Romeoville resident

Romeoville, IL

#10 Oct 7, 2012
I agree with tinfoilhat's comment above.

Mayor Noak & the entire village board have accomplished amazing forward progress for our community in the last few years & have a solid plan to continue the momentum.

They have my vote come April.
A friend of Jazz

Elgin, IL

#11 Oct 8, 2012
If you read you will see where I said buying up property for a pipe dream of a down town. RCA Hill school district,library library district. Don't forget about the church that was torn down because he wouldn't work with it. The alignment of Dalhart was part of the Jehovah hall deal many years ago when they got the okay to build. Making it impossible for new retail to move in by buying up the land where it could move in for a pipe dream called down town. So check what you are not seeing.
TinFoilHat

Romeoville, IL

#12 Oct 8, 2012
Let's face it you won't accept you are just wrong. Prassis was never going to do anything good with Spartan Square the only way to change things was to buy it from him (btw that was with TIF dollars). RC Hill and the library were done in conjunction with the village (ask them they will confirm it). The church willingly sold and the land was needed to create much needed storm water management (feel free to ask the church). Actually the Dalhart/Veteran's Pkwy project was a joint project with Will County/Romeoville very little had to do with the Jehovah's Witness facility (feel free to ask the county). And finally how does buying land to fix storm water issues and for redevelopment of retail, stop retail from moving in? Since the retail wouldn't be able to move in if the storm water issue wasn't fixed in the first place. BTW there are other lots that retail can move into at any time. No one stopped anyone from moving in. That's just not true.

I understand you don't want to see the facts or even check with third parties on these issues to find out your wrong. The only one that needs to check on what they are not seeing is you. I've given you multiple verifiable examples and facts yet you still refuse to see the truth.
Floyd

Romeoville, IL

#13 Oct 8, 2012
TinFoilHat wins by TKO!
Jakes57

Romeoville, IL

#14 Oct 8, 2012
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Current political plays

Romeoville, IL

#15 Oct 8, 2012
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Jakes57 wrote:
To all please leave poor Jazz out of your politics. She has had a hard enough life already with out that stuff. To who ever is calling their self friend of Jazz thanks for the interest in her but please leave her out of the political BS. For any body that may be interested in her here is a link to her video.
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Please view and share her with everyone you know. She sure needs a good home.
LakewoodGuy

Batavia, IL

#16 Oct 9, 2012
Every day I see more and more businesses opening up in Romeoville. I also see plans in the works for new interchanges and a downtown area. The village has nice facilities and is growing at a nice clip, despite the economy. Can't really complain about much. Anything I *could* complain about (school districts, road construction, etc.) are largely out of his hands. He's doing what he needs to do to grow the city, get business tax revenue, and save the people some money.
the truth

Glen Ellyn, IL

#17 Oct 10, 2012
"Every day I see more and more businesses opening up in Romeoville"

er.. does that include the plaza on the south side of Weber that's been lying vacant for 3-4 years now?

Anyway, if we're being honest, businesses were coming to Romeoville even before Noak was mayor.
the real truth

Chicago, IL

#18 Oct 10, 2012
the truth wrote:
"Every day I see more and more businesses opening up in Romeoville"
er.. does that include the plaza on the south side of Weber that's been lying vacant for 3-4 years now?
Anyway, if we're being, honest, businesses were coming to Romeoville even before Noak was mayor.
That plaza is in Crest Hill. Next time check before you write. As for your other comment, if we're being really honest, businesses were going everywhere in Will County before he was mayor it didn't take much effort. It takes a lot more effort since the recession that's why Noak and the board deserve so much credit. Its not happening almost any where else but Romeoville now.
Curious

United States

#19 Oct 10, 2012
another voice wrote:
Noak has squeezed every nickle of TIF funding and made improvements, many that folks overlook or are unaware of. Managing the population growth, hetting industries into our area thertby provifing employment oportunitief, tpf funding improvements at Hill elementary and the library facade. Improving Dalhart and Veterans Parkway, improving or creating several parks. The pretty lane dividers along 53/Independance Blv which, while pretty, also, according to goverment studies, improve safety. Creation of Veterans Memorial. Improvements and expansion to the firt, police and EMT departments. Noak is constantly looking to improve Romeoville and has contiued to do so even during these hard economic times.
and lets not forget that the last couple of years most of his departments stay under the Budget
Bizzzness

Springfield, IL

#20 Oct 10, 2012
Whether or not you believe Noak is responsible for the growth and types of businesses that have come to Romeoville, here's a question: Is Romeoville going to be better off with an ex-pro football player as mayor, who will (RUMOR has it) likely choose to add much less desirable businesses, i.e, of the topless sort....not to mention whose current business venture in our town is a bar?

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